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Misrata says forces attacking east Tripoli not from Misrata
[Libya Observer] Misrata municipality rejected the news circulated on "irresponsible media outlets" regarding the festivities in Castelverde, eastern tripoli.

It added that the attacking forces and brigades are not from Misrata city.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the municipality rejected destabilizing the capital and terrifying the civilian population.

"The brigades that attacked east Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
districts on Sunday are from different Libyan cities and aim at returning the General National Congress and its Salvation Government. Those forces are against the Libyan Political Agreement and they are implementing the orders of their sponsors." The statement reads.

Misrata municipality also called on the Presidential Council to activate the role of military and security institutions and to swiftly implement the articles of the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat, Morocco on December 17, 2015.

"The Presidential Council must also drive out all the gangs from Tripoli and must explain the delay in doing so as well as clarify who the impeding parties are." The statement adds.

The municipal council warned as well the fighting gangs of starting arresting people based on their IDs, inviting them to be wise and to look for the greater good of the country and avoid creating chaos for the sake of political or personal and partisan aims.

A coalition of Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade and Addaman Brigade from Tajoura declared on Tuesday full control of Garabulli town, some 70 km east of Tripoli, after 3 days of fierce festivities against Salvation Government brigades from Misrata.

Some observers found it a bit strange that Misrata municipality's condemnation of the festivities got delayed as such after three days of fighting, knowing that mobilization of troops and military vehicles of Misratan forces were seen weeks ago.

Observers also thought that it was strange that Misrata municipality described the attacking forces as a combination of forces from all Libyan cities, while in fact it was mainly formed from Misratan brigades, which departed their camps in Misrata in daylight.
Posted by:Fred